UNMOL (Urdu for Precious): Access to Cancer Medicines in Pakistan

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A program offering a sustainable financial solution for those that cannot afford the out-of-pocket payments for oncology treatment in Pakistan.
Responsible for co-payment of treatment.
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The objective of the Patient Support Programme in Pakistan is to enable low income patients to afford standard of care medicines to treat their cancers.

What are the health needs and challenges?

Pakistan is an out of pocket market where per capita income is as low as 1,629 USD per annum and health care expenditure is only 2.8% of the country’s GDP. This means, that many patients in Pakistan are denied access to appropriate cancer care.

Partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Roche Pakistan launched its Patient Support Program for access to cancer medicines, “UNMOL” (Urdu for “Precious”) in August 2017.

The program offers a sustainable financial solution for those in need of oncology treatment. The initiative supports patients, who are unable to complete their treatment as well as those that cannot afford even a single treatment cycle. The medicines provided are targeted therapies and standard of care in many types of cancer.

‘Partially affording’ patients will be supported with a number of treatment cycles based on their financial status, which is evaluated by a third party.

For those who are completely ‘non-affording’ patients, Roche has partnered with the Pakistan Federal Government, who will pay between 50% and 83% of the treatment cost. Roche Pakistan provides the remaining treatment free of cost.

Results and milestones

More than 1,700 patients have been supported since the launch of the programme in August 2017.

Geographic Reach
  • Eastern Mediterranean
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Disease Area
  • Non-communicable Diseases
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Target Population
  • People with low incomes
SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  1. 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)
  2. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 
Partner organizations

Federal government of Pakistan. Responsible for co-payment of treatment.

Other Business

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Responsible for patient enrollment into the programme.

Additional information